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You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about our community and want to help you find your place in it.

Recent Posts:

 

Real Estate Is Starting To Pick Up

May 25th, 2020

Paris "The Prettiest Little Town in Ontario"

April 5th, 2020

Brantford Real Estate and COVID-19

March 16th, 2020

Your Real Estate is Our Stage!

February 7th, 2020

BRANTFORD REAL ESTATE FORECAST 2020

January 3rd, 2020

How to beat the Winter Blues

November 28th, 2019

Burford Real Estate - Sleepy, Safe & Family Friendly

November 20th, 2019

Did you know there is a ban on some Door-to-Door sales?

November 11th, 2019

Make Your Front Door Pop!

September 26th, 2019

Why you SHOULD sell your home off season

September 20th, 2019

What Baby Boomers Want Now

September 16th, 2019

Brantford Real Estate Market

September 9th, 2019

Labour Day Weekend

August 29th, 2019

Why You Should Change your Furnace Filter in Summertime Too!

August 8th, 2019

How To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

July 15th, 2019

Brigitte's Household Tips - A/C

July 11th, 2019

Garden Suites - A Solution for our Elderly?

July 5th, 2019

Should You Rely Upon Online Home Valuation Tools?

June 11th, 2019

Things to Consider When Marketing Your Property

May 10th, 2019

What Happens After You Are Fully Approved for a Mortgage?

May 9th, 2019

Lynden Hills & Brantwood Park Neighbourhood

May 8th, 2019

Curb Appeal & Real Estate

May 2nd, 2019

 

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May 25, 2020

Real Estate is starting to pick up

As we can all attest to, 2020 so far has been something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Who would have thought the beginning of a new decade would bring on such a shift in how we live and work. For many, after long weeks of self-isolation, the extreme fear has slowly shifted to an educated caution as we learn how to carry on with life as normally as possible.

Real Estate Porch

For a time, Real Estate in Brantford and area has been dramatically affected with most people waiting to see what happens with the spread of Covid-19. Loss of income and job security have certainly played a role in the Buying and Selling of Real Estate, however I have personally noticed a slight shift emerging. Increasing numbers of Sellers are listing their properties and Buyers are beginning to get out into the Market with the precautions in place that are mandated by the Real Estate Association.

Surprisingly, with the slower market previous to May, housing prices in our area have held well and the demand is high with more Buyers than there is inventory. In order to ensure our clients are safe Realtors are asked to show property to their clients virtually first and only when the Buyer is certain the property is a strong contender, are we then permitted to make an in person visit. There is a Covid-19 disclosure (health) form that must be signed prior to any showings and we are encouraged to do what is called “hands in pocket” showings with as little touched in the homes we view as possible. The Realtor may ask the clients to bring their own masks, or may supply masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to ensure the Buyers are kept as safe as possible and to further respect the health of the Sellers. The homeowners are asked to leave all lights on, open closets and kitchen cabinets to ensure the Buyers touch is minimized during the showing.

If you are thinking of a move, but are uncertain if this is the right time, feel free to reach out to me for a casual conversation. I am here to help and to guide you through this transitional time.

Stay well and stay safe.

April 5, 2020

Paris "The Prettiest Little Town in Ontario"

If you have ever wandered into this cute town either by accident on a Sunday drive, or by knowing it has become a destination point year round, you will understand its’ draw and charm immediately.

With the Grand River running through it and many outdoor cafes, coffee shops and restaurants overlooking the water, it has become a tranquil and peaceful place to visit, especially during the summer months when you can sit outside with a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine and enjoy the view.

Paris, Ontario was named after the nearby gypsum deposits that were used for plaster of Paris. Hiram Capron originally from Vermont was the founder of Paris who purchased some key lands near the Forks of the Grand for $10,000 in 1829. Mr. Hiram went about planting his roots in Paris as well as setting up a grist mill, iron foundry and of course to access the natural resources in the area, he set up a gypsum mining operation.

Some of the most distinctive buildings and homes in Paris were constructed of cobblestones collected from the rivers, hence the name “the cobblestone capital of Canada”. St. James Church was one of the first buildings to be constructed in this material in 1839 and to this day, some of the most unique homes and buildings still stand and reflect the construction of this period.

Modern Paris, Ontario is a thriving community that attracts Real Estate Buyers and Investors from many directions. It is especially appealing to people seeking a quieter lifestyle in a Town that has a great core area as well as many opportunities for outdoor living. Kayaking, hiking, fishing, trails and campgrounds are all located nearby and many can be accessed by a short walk from most neighbourhoods. In recent years, there has been an influx of Home Buyers from the GTA, Hamilton and Woodstock which can be attributed to easy access to Highway 403 and people seeking a peaceful “small town” style of living.

Paris offers wonderful attractions including Barker’s Bush which is a series of Walking and Biking Trails. The Fall Fair is a five day event hosted at the Paris Fairgrounds and the Paris Speedway Track has been the location of many national motorcycle races. In 1928 the Penman Dam was built by John Penman who was an industrialist. Each night the dam is lit up for all to see either from the William Street Bridge, or from one of the many restaurants lining the downtown core. Many movies have been filmed in this cute little town and “Let it Snow” a romantic Christmas comedy was filmed as recently as 2019.

All schools in the Paris District are overseen by the Grand Erie District School Board and there are well rated public schools, Paris District High School, Catholic schools and a private Montessori Children’s Academy.

Paris, Ontario Real Estate has seen a huge surge in new construction over the last 10 to 15 years, particularly along the East and West side of Rest Acres Road, where a large tract of land which was formerly a gravel pit operation has now been converted into brand new subdivisions. This area is still being built up today. Just one minute off of highway 403, Scenic Ridge East by LIV Communities will be rolling out another Phase in early 2020 in the location of Potruff Road and Powerline Road, right near the Brant Sports Complex. These homes starting in the $400,000 range are perfect for the First Time Home Buyer as well as Buyers wishing to downsize. Many New Home Builders are taking advantage of the draw of beautiful Paris and there are numerous options available to Buyers including detached single family residences, town homes and condominiums. The Royal is a new Luxury Condominium complex located in the downtown core that offers ten exclusive suites starting at $759,000. Some of the amenities available at this new high end building are a roof top lounging area with gas BBQ’s for group entertaining, high quality construction, secure entry, rear property trail leading to the hillside nature walking trail, underground parking, bicycle storage room and miscellaneous common storage to name a few.

Not everyone is interested in New Construction and Paris has many other resale options available. Currently there are 58 Residential Properties for Sale in the Town of Paris ranging in Asking Price from $369,900 up to $1,650,000.00. The choices for styles of homes available are detached one and two storey properties, town homes, one and two storey condominiums and there are limited multi- residential properties available, however they can be a great find if you are an Investor.

The Corona Virus has certainly impacted the Real Estate Market as people hesitate to view property in person and the Real Estate Association has banned all Open House Activity. Realtors are learning new and safer practices with electronic communication, Zoom meetings with Buyers and Sellers, Realtor video walk-throughs and ensuring there are ample pictures, especially Virtual Tours for clients to view. While a limited number of people still require our services out of necessity, our job is to ensure the utmost safety of the clients we represent.

If you do not HAVE to Buy or Sell property at this time due to personal circumstances, it is advised that you don’t, however it is always a good policy to keep tabs on the Market. With extra time on our hands, it does not harm to look and dream from the safety and comfort of your own home. This virus will pass and at some point the market will open up again. If you are thinking of a move in 2020 when all of the concerns for health safety have passed, there are things you can do to get ready. If you plan to Sell Your Property, now is the perfect time to get the small jobs around the house and yard completed and to get an idea of what your property is worth.

Many stores with the supplies you may need for improvements are delivering curbside, or providing the option of safe pick up at locations out front of stores. It is still important to use all precautions to clean all packaging and wash your hands immediately afterward and to ensure you are following the guidelines set out by Health Canada. If you have the supplies at home already, all the better.

If you are a Buyer, it would be prudent to have a phone conversation with your Banker to get pre-approved for a mortgage, to understand the changes that have occurred due to Covid-19 from a lending perspective and to ensure you meet all of their current requirements for financing a new purchase.

Although there is some uncertainty for now, as a former Canadian Residential Appraiser (20 years) who saw the rush of 1989 and the subsequent decline of 1993 and some ebb and flow in between, I am confident Brantford and area Real Estate will bounce back as it historically has. There have been many seasons of change in the Real Estate Market, however a consistent trend has been a shortage of housing.

If you’d like to stay informed, you can sign up effortlessly at: www.propertyforsaleinbrantford.com. There is also an option there to search for property (faster and more up to date than Realtor.ca) or to obtain specific Neighbourhood Market Reports.

I am personally available to help guide you through this challenging time and I encourage you to keep dreaming. I am here to answer any real estate related questions you may have, by text or calling at: 519-755-7250 or you can email me at brigitteshaw@rogers.com Be safe and stay well…

March 16, 2020

Brantford Real Estate and COVID-19

It doesn’t matter where you look right now, whether here at home or abroad, there is no getting around hearing about the Corona Virus and its’ impact on global markets and the stock market. Although I am a firm believer in being cautious, I also know that excessive fear can complicate situations more than necessary. The President of Royal Lepage has stated that everything required to carry on business as usual in the Royal Lepage Network is in place, however if it becomes necessary people may wish to work remotely and practice a little social distancing until the situation improves. Precautions in our area will be tailored to the recommendations of our regional public health officials.

It is important that we as Realtors pay attention to how our clients wish to do business. During this uncertain time, perhaps Sellers may not want to conduct an Open House, or Buyers may avoid properties with larger crouds. Scheduled single appointments will likely be preferable and Virtual House Tours will become prevalent, so Homebuyers can view properties of interest remotely. We are in a technological age where all of the documents required for an Offer of Purchase and Sale, or an MLS Listing can be signed electronically which allows the Realtor to accept Offers on your behalf without having any direct contact with the Buyers themselves. You as a client can sign any and all documents without leaving your home.

So should we be worried about what COVID-19 could do to the Real Estate Market here in Brantford and Southern Ontario? Although we can’t know the future, my personal belief is that we need to set our fear aside for a moment and look at the facts. People will always be buying and selling property no matter what is going on in our communities and around the world and during uncertain times, rest assured the Buyers viewing your home will be serious, not just tire kickers.

According to the most recent Stats here in Brantford and Brant County, our Market is alive and well and we are up 25 Sales year to date over the same time last year. We are ahead by 31 New Listings over the same time last year. The Residential Sales Inventory is up slightly over last year from 323 to 327, however the month end inventory as of February 29th was down slightly.

The interest rate was recently dropped and it is rumoured that there will be another decrease in the near future. The goal of the interest rate reductions are to keep our market stimulated and active during the coming months and Spring is typically one of the most actives times of the year.

I have personally noticed a bit of a shortage of entry level housing in the range of $250,000 to around $450,000 and the demand for this price point is high with more Buyers than there are properties available. For Sellers this is an excellent position to be in as there are still numerous Offers coming in on a single residence with Buyers having to compete for the Top Accepted Offer. As a Buyer, this can become very frustrating especially if you are not in a position to bring a “Clean” Offer with fewer conditions than your competition or you have a restricted purchasing budget that does not allow you to offer over the Asking Price. Some Buyers choose to remove themselves from the Market altogether out of shear frustration until it becomes more balanced.

So what do you do if you are one of the Buyers on a limited budget, or someone that has to sell a property in order to fund another? There are always opportunities out there and your Realtor should be able to have an honest discussion with you about how you can find the property you are seeking, without all of the hassle. Sometimes it is as simple as looking at properties that have been listed for a longer period of time, or those that may need a little work. Those Sellers will usually be more open to negotiating an Offer, the longer their property sits on the market as they have already lost their initial traffic. This could be due to some defect in the home, but more often than not, it is as a result of listing the property too high to start with.

If you are planning to List your Home for Sale it is a good strategy to view all of the Comparable properties in your neighbourhood with your Realtor before Listing your own property. This will allow you to see up close and personal what your neighbours’ property is offering in comparison to yours, which will help you to establish the best price at which to list your property competitively.  

It is important to keep track of the Real Estate Market in general and understand what is happening in the area in which you live, or the one where you would like to purchase a home, or investment property.

The following are Ward by Ward Statistics for the month of February 2020 as well as year over year Stats. The number of Homes Sold are up 19.4% and the Average Price for a Detached House is up 18.2% at $524,655.

(If you are not sure which Ward is applicable, please refer to the map below).

February 2019 vs. Feb 2020 Residential Sales, Brantford, Ontario:

2019-129

2020-154

 

MLS New Listings (includes Leases)

2019-193

2020-224

 

You can view your Brantford neighbourhood stats, or area of interest below:

Ward 1:

9 Residential Sales

16 New Listings

28 Active Listings

Ward 1 Average Residential Price for Feb 2020-$803,769

 

Ward 2:

13 Residential Sales

8 New Listings

39 Active Listings

Ward 2 Average Residential Price for Feb 2020-$488,424

 

Ward 3:

11 Residential Sales

20 New Listings

48 Active

Ward 3 Average Residential Price for Feb 2020-$639,008 

 

Ward 4:

4 Residential Sales

18 New Listings

30 Active Listings

Ward 4 Average Residential Price for Feb 2020-$526,625

 

Ward 5:

2 Residential Sales

6 New Listings

10 Active Listings

Ward 5 Average Residential Price for Feb 2020-$706,000

 

If you have any questions regarding Real Estate or would like specific advice, feel free to reach out to me at the number below. I am here to help.

Feb. 7, 2020

Your Real Estate is Our Stage!

(Serving Real Estate clients in the areas of Brantford, Brant County, St. George, Paris, Oakland, Scotland & surrounding communities since 1999)


“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful,
            or believe to be beautiful” –William Morris


In this business, I often hear that real estate staging is just a fluffy term that the elite use when trying to obtain top dollar for their property. Not so. I have witnessed firsthand the incredible difference a professional staging can make when presenting a property regardless of whether it is an entry-level home, or a high-end luxury property.

It is important to note that staging is a personal choice left to each individual when the decision to Sell has been made and is in no way mandatory.


The reality is that everyone I have ever worked with wants to realize the most for their property and there are steps you can take to ensure this happens, prior to listing your property for sale. Your Sales Representative should have a team of people at the ready to help and a trusted Stager/ Designer is a great asset to have, along with a painter, flooring professional, carpet cleaner etc.


I have had firsthand experience working with Judy O’Donoghue of Picture Perfect Window Coverings. She stages clients’ properties using their own belongings and she may also edit and apply certain design principles. The Staging Plan runs approximately $240.00 and if clients require physical help with moving items around the cost is approximately $120.00 more. Your Stager will take a room by room account and provide you with a detailed list of recommended improvements. As my client, you have total control to decide how little or how much of the work you wish to have completed.


If your finances do not permit a full Staging then I recommend focusing on the main rooms of the home like the Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room and Master Bedroom.


If your budget does not allow for a Professional Stager at all, there are a few tips for getting your home ready for Sale using a little elbow grease and hopefully the help of family and friends.


First impressions can make or break Buyer traffic to your property, so ensure the Street View is welcoming, yards and gardens are well manicured and if space permits, add some items of seasonal interest to your front porch.
Start inside by uncluttering each room in the house and store important items in boxes or totes in an allocated space in the basement. Depersonalize by removing all personal photos and wall posters. Stow away extra nick-nacks and place furniture in planned groupings to allow easy flow of traffic throughout your home.


Deep clean your house from top to bottom including windows, but be sure not to use cleaning products that have a heavy scent that may linger. Remove anything obstructing hallways, stair cases and front entries.
If your window coverings are heavy, opt for a lighter fabric. Use floor length, breezy options and leave the curtains open to give the impression of open space and to allow the natural light in from outside. If the weather is permitting, leave the windows open a crack when the property is being viewed.


Ad mirrors in strategic positions to reflect the room to create more space. This is especially effective in smaller rooms. Stage your bathroom(s) with crisp white towels which invokes a spa like quality to the room. Upgrade any area rugs you may have and be certain they are the correct size to have the front legs of your chairs and couch touching the rug. This simple trick creates conversation areas and makes the rooms feel welcoming and homey.
Reorganize shelves and book cases and add a few trinkets either as book ends or accents. Stack some books horizontally as well as vertically to attract the eye.


It can be difficult emotionally after owning your home for many years, to take a step back and try to neutralize the space. To make your home outshine competing properties and to appeal to the masses, neutralizing the space will allow Buyers to better visualize themselves and their belongings in your home prior to bringing you an Offer.
Finally, ask your Realtor to provide you with professional Listing photos, a virtual tour and a floor plan. The vast majority of people looking for property will search on-line first. That is why having wonderful bright photos and a virtual tour are so important. If Buyers like what they see on-line, they typically drive by your property prior to hiring a Realtor to take them on a private viewing. The main goal of this process is to attract as many Buyers as possible by show casing your home in its’ very best light.


So how much on average does a Staging improve the Sales Value, the speed of the Sale and of course the experience of the Buyers viewing your property?  According to Realtor.com on average, staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% more than unstaged homes.


With over 20 years of Real Estate Sales and 19 years as a Certified Residential Appraiser-CRA, (Shaw Appraisals from 1993 to 2012), I possess the valuation skills and marketing techniques that are uncommon among Realtors. Your trusted Realtor knows the Brantford and area Real Estate Market very well and can walk you through comparable properties and provide you a with detailed Real Estate Market Analysis, so you can see for yourself what is happening in your neighbourhood and in the Real Estate Market in general.


You should expect your Realtor to create a Marketing Plan specific to your property and explain how to maximize the exposure to the Real Estate Market to ensure you receive not only your staging budget back, but also to maximize your return on the most important investment people typically have. Your home.

To see how Judy can make your home shine, she can be reached at:
The Studio-519-754-8791
Direct-519-771-5884


For an Opinion of Value of your Property and a detailed Market Analysis I can be reached at the number or email below.
To view properties for sale in your neighbourhood, you can search quicker than Realtor.ca at: www.propertyforsaleinbrantford.com

Posted in Selling Your Home
Jan. 3, 2020

BRANTFORD REAL ESTATE FORECAST 2020

It’s is a new year and the question on homeowners and Realtors minds is What is Happening in the Real Estate Market in Brantford, Ontario and surrounding areas like, St. George, Paris, Oakland/Scotland and the rural areas in between? There appear to be mixed opinions, but I will do my best to decipher and deliver the main points.

Brantford Ontario View of Grand River


Some of the challenges facing single-family housing have been playing out in the last few years, including 2017 and 2018. New housing inventory under construction in 2018 was 46,747 units according to CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing) which was down from more than 55,000 units in 2017. Royal Bank of Canada Economists noted a small improvement in affordable single-family residences in the first quarter of 2019 and there is a shortage of “move-up buyers” with many people including Baby Boomers opting for condos or smaller one storey residences instead. New and re-sale condos continue to dominate the market demand in major centres as affordability of single-family residences is out of reach for many including young First Time Home Buyers. The mortgage stress test has placed an additional challenge for anyone wishing to enter the Real Estate Market and there is a newer trend of millennials purchasing a property jointly with one or more other Buyers to secure affordable shared accommodations.

Interest rates are predicted to continue to stabilize if not lower in 2020 and it is stated by many that the markets across Canada will continue to rally into the first half of 2020 thanks to the strong rebound in home sales in 2019.

On the ground level as a Realtor here in Brantford, I am seeing a trend of the elderly downsizing and opting for more affordable condos, or one storey single-family residences to free up equity to travel, or to take care of medical expenses. I have found there is a bit of a shortage of entry-level housing along with smaller homes that Seniors and Baby Boomers are seeking.

So when should you Buy or Sell Real Estate in Brantford and area?

Many people hesitate to list their property for sale in the winter months because they feel their property shows better in the Spring and Summer. There are two schools of thought on this and I personally feel Winter is an excellent time to sell because there are fewer properties listed for Sale vying for the attention of potential buyers and the people searching for property in the wintertime tend to either want to move or have to move due to their circumstances. Winter Home Buyers are far less likely to be “tire kickers” or just out for a Sunday drive visiting Open Houses. If you have great pictures of your property during the summer months, I encourage my clients to have them out on the kitchen counter or place them in a picture binder for potential Buyers to view.

If you find the summertime is a more suitable time to Sell, then request that your Realtor obtain professional photos and a virtual tour to highlight your home in its best light. Most people seeking Real Estate will look online first, then more than likely drive by prior to seeking the assistance of a Realtor to make an official appointment to view your property.

2020 looks to be an excellent year for both Buyers and Sellers of Real Estate. Currently, interest rates are favourable for Buyers. A more balanced Market will give purchasers a fair chance at successfully obtaining a property. This balance will better allow your Realtor to negotiate on your behalf for the best price possible.

To ensure you are marketing your property at the right time of year for you, speak to your trusted Realtor. Plan for some lead time to get your property in top shape creating Street Appeal, making minor repairs and allowing time to set a mutually agreeable closing date for both you and the Buyer. As a Buyer, be sure to retain your own dedicated Real Estate Representative, especially since you are not responsible for the Realtor fees.

All in all, the general predictions for 2020 indicate a year of stabilization and further recovery and it is positioned to be a good year for buyers and sellers alike.

(Information presented in this article is the opinion of the writer and not necessarily that of Royal Lepage Action Realty Inc.)

Nov. 29, 2019

How To Beat the Winter Blues

HOW TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

 

If you are anything like me, you are probably already feeling the effects of shorter and much darker days, so what are your coping strategies? Here are a few thoughts on beating that inevitable feeling of less energy and often times, less drive to accomplish tasks.

 

Brighten up your home with stronger lighting, especially if you have changed your bulbs out for energy saving. This may be a time to switch back (temporarily for darker days), some blubs that brighten your home. We long for the sunshine and light outside, so barring that, it is a good time to bring brighter lighting inside your home. Open all of your blinds and curtains to let as much natural light from outside to enter your home during the daytime.

Eating smarter is a way to ensure that you are physically not feeling drained. The temptation to snack in front of the TV becomes greater as our bodies crave energy. It is important to feed yourself nutrients that support energy as well as to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Enjoy a piece of dark chocolate as a treat and stick to clean, whole foods like fruits and veggies and smaller portions of carb-laden foods like chips, potatoes, pasta and white bread.

If you are feeling sluggish, supplement good quality Vitamin C and D to help ward off illness, as well as help to stabilize your mood. Get lots of rest and keep a nightly routine even on weekends. Getting out of bed can be a challenge if you are prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder, but this can be minimized by purchasing a dawn simulator which is a device that causes the lights in your bedroom to gradually brighten over a period of time before you wake up. Some people find purchasing a “light box” that can sit on their desk at work, or beside them while they read for approximately 30 minutes per day is helpful. The light boxes stimulate cells in the retina that connect to the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that helps control circadian rhythms. If you plan to purchase one of these light boxes, be sure to research to ensure they are not harmful to your eye sight as they are not FDA regulated.

If you can afford it, plan a vacation. Having something to look forward to with the knowledge that you will be doing something you enjoy, can help to elevate your spirits. If you are unable to afford a getaway, plan a get together with family and friends and ask them to bring along their favourite dish to share, as well as some great CD`s to keep the mood light.

Just getting outside for a walk can bring some much needed light to your eyes from the reflection in the snow. Bundle up, ask to walk your neighbour`s dog if you don`t want to walk alone, or visit an animal shelter and get some cuddle time in with pets that are in need of care and affection. Plan a reward for when you arrive home, like a hot cup of chocolate or warm bath.

Lending a hand to help others tends to get our minds off of ourselves and on to those who are in need and are perhaps in a less favourable place in their lives. It has been proven that when you help others, you are actually giving to yourself at the same time and you will feel a sense emotional satisfaction that can only be gained by being grateful for what you have, while lending a helping hand to others.

Find a hobby that you can work at quietly. I like to cook, or decorate and find that very rewarding. Maybe you like to read, play cards and games, or listen to some great music. Pay attention to your frame of mind and take action early before the Fall and Winter Blahs take hold.

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From my house to yours...

Posted in Community News
Nov. 19, 2019

Burford Real Estate - Sleepy, Safe & Family Friendly

As a Realtor, I am noticing a shift in what people are looking for to fill their Real Estate wish list. Many who have lived in a larger home and in bigger City centres are seeking a quiet, safe place to raise a family, or perhaps downsize and retire, ideally away from the pressures and hustle of fast-paced city life.

Burford, Ontario 

Burford, Ontario where “community” is at the forefront of day to day living is just one of those cute towns where neighbours still say hello and look out for one another. Located just 8 kilometers West of Brantford on Highway 53 and 100 kilometres South West of Toronto, Burford enjoys a Village feel, but is close to Highway 403 for easy access to nearby major centres.

Burford was originally known as Claremont and was the largest community in the former Burford Township which encompassed, Harley, Princeton, Cathcart and the surrounding smaller communities. Burford was built upon an ancient footpath leading from Burlington Bay, through what was then known as Brant’s Ford (now Brantford), all the way to the Thames River and was known as the Detroit Trail.

Burford has a rich history and well documented for its’ earlier political unrest and was founded by Abraham Dayton who settled Burford Township along with a religious congregation in 1793, led by Jemima Wilkinson who were believed to be Quakers.

When the railway era began around 1853, Burford was bypassed to the North by the Hamilton to Detroit line which left the area dependent on horse-drawn traffic. Once the rail line from Brantford to Tillsonburg opened up, the area enjoyed a new surge of prosperity.

Burford has always maintained its’ reputation as a quiet village and in modern times is now primarily a farming community which enjoys a pleasant holiday feel during summer months. From the downtown farmer’s market, small coffee and bake shop, to the Fall Fair, to community-wide garage sales along with a few quaint family-owned and operated businesses, Burford is the perfect place to buy real estate and settle down for a quiet retirement, or raise your children in a safe, family-oriented community.

If you are interested in viewing Active Real Estate Listings in Burford, or any of the surrounding areas, and would like to be kept up to date on Real Estate Market Conditions, visit: www.propertyforsaleinbrantford.com to sign up.

Nov. 11, 2019

Did You Know There is a Ban on (some) Door-to-Door Sales?

As of March 1, 2018 Ontario has banned unsolicited door-to-door sales on specific household appliances to protect homeowners from aggressive sales and misleading contracting at your place of residence.

This ban does not apply to Real Estate Sales people who are canvassing your area for potential Sellers. Most people are receptive to non-aggressive personal contact from a Realtor, if only to learn first-hand from them about the current state of the local Real Estate Market.

Since door-to-door solicitation and contracts have been among the top complaints received by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, there are limitations now in place that you should know about.

Business are only allowed to enter into a Contract with a Homeowner if the consumer has specifically contacted the business themselves and invited them into their home for the purpose of entering into a contract, or to lease a product. Any contracts that are in violation of the new rules for door-to-door contract solicitation will be considered void and consumers will be able to keep the goods and services with no obligation.

These restricted products and services include:

  • furnaces air conditioners
  • air cleaners
  • air purifiers
  • water heaters
  • water treatment devices
  • water purifiers
  • water filters
  • water softeners
  • duct cleaning services
  • any good or service that performs or combines one or more of the above functions

If you already have a contract in place, the business is allowed to contact you by phone or visit your property with your direct consent for the purpose of maintaining, repairing the item or to enter into a new contract. If you feel you have signed a contract based on misleading advertising your contract will be considered null and void. Keep in mind, there is a 10 day cooling off period in which you are permitted to cancel a contract you have entered in to, for any reason.

The sole purpose of the legislation is to protect Homeowners from high pressure tactics and misleading information. It is important to inform any elderly people that are within your personal sphere of influence of the door-to-door regulations, to prepare them in advance of any contact.

If you have questions or concerns about any door-to-door experiences, call Consumer Protection Ontario from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at: 416-326-8800 (GTA) or 1-800-889-9768 (toll-free) TTY users can call 416-229-6086 (in the GTA) or 1-877-666-6545

Be informed, be careful…From my House to Yours…

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Sept. 26, 2019

Make Your Front Door Pop!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Albert Einstein



Do you ever drive down a street and one house just stands out more than the others? Often times, it has to do with how the owner has staged the front yard and porch to attract your eye. A simple way to set your property apart from your neighbours (especially if you plan to list your Property For Sale) is to paint your front door(s).

This can be a bit of a challenge if you are not familiar with how to choose a complimentary or even a bold stand out paint. Start by stepping back to your curb and looking at the style of your home. What are the predominant colours so far in landscaping, siding or the brick tones on your home? Look for colours that complement each other in the nature around you.

If your home is an unusual style with a solid white, soft grey or tan siding/ brick, it is a perfect canvas for an unusual colour like teal. Homes with clay brick look fresh with a bright red, burnt orange or yellow door.

Visit your local paint store to ask about the best quality outdoor paints and take home a number of sample paint swatches to attach to your front door. Observe how the outdoor lighting changes over a few days before making your final decision on your preferred colour.

Smaller homes may benefit from a monochrome exterior where the front door blends with the exterior. Then you are able utilize colourful planters, wall sconces, benches and accessories on the front porch area to draw the eye in.

Fall is a great time of year to enhance your properties’ street appeal and set it apart with your own personal style and taste. Next time someone drives down your street, they will be stopping to get inspiration from your property!

From my house to yours…

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Sept. 20, 2019

Why you SHOULD sell your home off season

Fall Front Door

 

It is very common for people to want to show their property in the best possible conditions, so in our Northern climate, many chose to List their Property For Sale in the Spring and summer months to perhaps show off a swimming pool or great landscaping. We all love to see colourful flower gardens in bloom and nice manicured green lawns.

What if I told you it may be a better strategy to sell your home in the off season? Fall and Winter can be a great time to market your property because the Seller pool and therefore competition is typically less than in peak season. Your property will not be vying for attention to the same degree it would in the warmer months with so many properties coming up for sale at the same time.

Front porches and interiors can be specifically decorated to showcase a cooler Season like Fall or Winter and the interiors can be enhanced by the warmth of Christmas decorating and a hearth to gather around with family.

Typically people who are looking to purchase a property in the off season either really want to move, or have to move for personal or employment reasons. You may find the Buyers more serious and less likely to be “lookie-loos”.

In Peak Real Estate Season, Buyers can afford to be more choosy and may not be in as much of a hurry to place an Offer. The demographics of Buyers tend to change in the off season for Real Estate as families wish to relocate before the Fall to ensure the kids are able to attend their new school in the area, while more mature couples or families with no school age children are comfortable waiting out the summer sales frenzy in favour of a calmer Market in the cooler months.

If you plan to sell your home in the off season, it is always a good policy to have pictures available of your property and yard from the warmer months. A few weeks ago I had a professional photographer do an interior and exterior photo shoot, virtual tour and floor plan of a client’s property that will not be marketed for a month or two.

A word of caution from a personal experience of mine…I was very excited to purchase my first home (definitely inexperienced at the time) that had a 266 ft deep lot as I am an avid gardener and could picture all of the great things I could do with this property. It was in the deep months of winter and the ground was covered in snow. I made the mistake of not asking for pictures of the property from the summer and to my chagrin, when the snow melted in the Spring, the site was in rough condition and I had much more work cut out for me than planned.

In the end, timing is everything as they say and a quality Realtor will give you an honest assessment of when the right time to market your property is, not only based on the changing Seasons, but also on current Market Conditions. To find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, search as often as you like here, or if you’d like to discuss your Selling options, I am here to advise and help you navigate your way through the process. Enjoy this beautiful Fall weather!

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